Yes, I am jumping aboard the already popular "reuse a men's shirt" train. However, I'm hoping to do something different and interesting with mine. The thing is, I don't know where people are getting vintage and deadstock fabric anywhere. On the other hand, men's dress shirts are one of the few things at the thrift store that are 100% cotton, fine material with a nice drape, and large enough to cut almost as if you had straight yardage. I'm especially excited about the big cheesy red, blue and yellow plaid which.
I love me some Project Runway, and have currently added about four seasons to my Netflix cue. Inevitably, each season involves one cavalier member who is less concerned with concepts of pattern making and execution than the others, and is reprimanded for her unfinished edges.
I made this basic yoke dress about a year ago using Kokka fabric which is a lovely cotton gauze (and runs about $30 per yard!!!). I lined it with something akin to a muslin. This was earlier in my pattern-making days so the arm holes are too large, but lately I've been wearing it around and luxuriating in the gauze fabric. I read on fabricworm.com that gauze was originally intended as fabric for babies because of it's soft and flexible qualities. I love it for the way it drapes without feeling saggy. I think I will troll the various fabric retail sites for sales and purchase some gauze, and voile, in samll
The Japanese KNOW WHAT IS UP WITH CUTE FABRIC! They combine vintage elements with modernity and whimsy without looking too old or too childish. Check this out
Initially my thought was to buy large amounts of fabric (one/two bolts) in order to be able to make many versions of what I offer. I thought perhaps people found it to be a pet peeve when an etsy seller only offers two or so of what they have...
I went through a period this winter where I wore fleece pullovers and pull on pants to work every day. Yuck!
Well, spring has come albeit slowly and with caution. I know I'm not the only one who is refreshed by the warmth, the lack of excess baggage (snow boots, winter jacket, etc.) and the vegetation, but I can't help thinking I'm especially needy when it comes to warm weather. That being said, there are so many things I love about Vermont that I don't know if I could return to a place like MD. Who knows, maybe someday I will find some connections in a southern state like Tennessee and be able to bask in the sun for most of my days.